Shelbyville Dragons advance in playoffs

The Dragons will play Hull-Daisetta 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Woodville High School

The Shelbyville Dragons began their 2019 playoff run Tuesday night in Central Heights gymnasium as the visiting team against the Gary Bobcats.

The Dragons entered the game as the number 1 ranked team in class AA in the State of Texas and the winners of District 22AA. The Gary Bobcats were the 4th place team in district 21AA.

Hundreds of spectators were on hand to see the Dragons play, and after a game which saw a 3rd quarter explosion of points by Shelbyville, the final score reflected a Dragon victory by a score of 85-46.

The Dragons will play Hull-Daisetta 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Woodville High School. Shelbyville will be the visiting team.

Hull-Daisetta is the third place team from 24AA, who defeated West Sabine to advance in playoff action.

In the Dragons win over Gary, surprisingly, Bobcat 6’ 4” senior Cole McDaniel controlled the opening tip for Gary, but Jordan Boykins opened the scoring for the Dragons as he dropped in a 3 at the 6:43 mark of the 1st.

Gary didn’t score until 5:32 left in the quarter when Lane O’Neal scored a basket for the Bobcats. They would finish the 1st quarter with a total of 6 points, as they got a basket from McDaniel and another from Mason McCumber.

For the Dragons, J. Buckley dropped in 3 field goals and went 1 of 2 at the line for 7 points, Cole Ferguson had 2 baskets for 4 points, Boykins dropped a field goal and another 3 pointer for 8 points, and Kolby Parker dropped a 3 to round out the scoring for the Dragons to make the 1st quarter score 22-6 Dragons.

The Dragons inbounded to start the 2nd quarter and Boykins dropped another 3 to start the scoring, Buckley had 8 points, Parker dropped in a pair of 3’s, Ferguson, Buddy McClelland, and Jakevion Calhoun each scored a bucket to give the Dragons 23 points and make their halftime score 45.

For Gary, McDaniel had 4 points, Ryan Ecker and Dakota Beckham each had a bucket and a free throw for 3pts each, O’Neal made 2 charity points and Landon Woodfin dropped in a 2-point basket to give Gary 14 pts in the qtr for a total of 20 first half points.

As mentioned earlier, the 3rd quarter saw the Dragons drop 32 points behind Buckley’s 14. Cole Ferguson started the Dragon scoring with a bucket, but within 2 minutes of the 3rd quarter opening he was charged with 2 fouls giving him 4 for the game.

He left the game and did not see any action for the remainder of the night. Boykins made a bucket and hit the and-one and then dropped two more 3’s to pick up 9 points, Parker made another 3, and Kurtrick Allen and Calhoun each dropped in a bucket.

The Bobcats managed to add 11 to their halftime score behind a slam dunk from McDaniel, a field goal and a 3-pointer by Woodfin, and a 3-pointer and a freet hrow by Ecker.

The final stanza began with the Dragons leading 77-31. In the 4th the Dragons began to substitute heavily and they racked up 8 pts in the quarter.

Buckley scored and L. D. Coleman made 3 buckets to account for the Dragon points. The Bobcats managed 15 points behind Jordan Baker’s 4, McCumber’s 4, a 3 from Ecker, and two freethrows each from McDaniel and Woodfin.

Unofficially, the Dragons had 3 players in double figures: Buckley with 31, Boykins with 20, and Parker with 12.

Rounding out the Dragon’s scoring: Ferguson-8, Coleman-6, Calhoun-4, Allen and McClelland each-2. They went to the charity line 6 times, making 2.

The Bobcats were led by McDaniel and Ecker with 10 each, Woodfin-9, McCumber-6, O’Neal and Baker-4 each, and Beckham-3.

They went to the line 16 times, making 9.